What NOT to Do After an Acne Facial

April 6, 2024

What NOT to Do After an Acne Facial

April 6, 2024

You’ve just treated your skin to a rejuvenating acne facial – a deep cleansing treatment designed to combat blemishes and promote a clearer, healthier complexion. But the work doesn’t stop after you leave the spa. To maximize the benefits of your facial and prevent future breakouts, following a proper aftercare routine is crucial.

Here’s where things can go wrong.  Many people unknowingly sabotage their post-facial glow by making common mistakes.  This blog post is your guide to avoiding these pitfalls and ensuring your acne facial delivers lasting results.

Mistake #1: Scrubbing Your Face Aggressively

Your skin will likely be feeling refreshed and slightly sensitive after a facial. Don’t scrub your face harshly in an attempt to remove any lingering residue. This can irritate the freshly exfoliated skin and worsen inflammation.

  • Do: Use lukewarm water and a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to remove any remaining product. Pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel instead of rubbing.

Mistake #2: Picking at Blemishes

The urge to pick at pimples is tempting, but resist it! Picking can introduce bacteria to your pores, prolonging healing and potentially leading to scarring.

  • Do: Let your pimples heal naturally. If a stubborn blemish persists, consult your dermatologist for extraction.

Mistake #3: Neglecting Moisturizer

Just because your skin feels clean after a facial doesn’t mean it’s adequately hydrated. Don’t skip moisturizer.  A facial can remove some of your skin’s natural oils, leaving it feeling dry.

  • Do: Apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer specifically formulated for acne-prone skin. This will soothe any post-facial sensitivity and keep your skin hydrated.

Mistake #4: Forgetting Sunscreen

Sun exposure can worsen acne breakouts and irritate your freshly treated skin.  Don’t forget sunscreen after your facial, even on cloudy days.

  • Do: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day. Look for a non-comedogenic formula that won’t clog your pores.

Mistake #5: Diving Back into Harsh Skincare Products

Your skin needs time to recover after a facial, especially if it involved extractions or exfoliation. Don’t use harsh skincare products like scrubs, retinols, or AHAs immediately after your treatment.

  • Do: Stick to your gentle cleanser and moisturizer for at least a few days. You can gradually reintroduce other products once your skin feels comfortable.
What NOT to Do After an Acne Facial

Mistake #6: Applying Heavy Makeup

Clogged pores are a major contributor to acne breakouts. Don’t apply heavy makeup after your facial. This can trap dirt and oil, negating the benefits of your treatment.

  • Do: If you must wear makeup, opt for mineral-based, non-comedogenic products. Apply a light layer and remove it thoroughly at the end of the day.

Mistake #7: Touching Your Face Frequently

Your hands harbor a multitude of bacteria.  Don’t touch your face frequently after your facial. This can transfer bacteria to your freshly cleansed pores, triggering breakouts.

  • Do: Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially before touching your face.

Mistake #8: Skipping Sleep

When you sleep, your skin repairs and regenerates itself.  Don’t skimp on sleep after your facial. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night.

  • Do: Establish a regular sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine to ensure restful sleep.

Mistake #9:  Unrealistic Expectations

Acne facials are a powerful tool in your acne-fighting arsenal, but they’re not a magic bullet. Don’t expect overnight results. It typically takes several facials, combined with a consistent skincare routine, to see significant improvement.

  • Do: Be patient and consistent with your post-facial care. Maintain a healthy diet, manage stress, and consult your dermatologist for a personalized acne treatment plan.

Mistake #10:  Not Following Your Dermatologist’s Instructions

Your dermatologist or aesthetician will provide specific aftercare instructions following your facial. Don’t neglect these instructions. They are tailored to your unique skin and the specific type of facial you received.

  • Do: Ask questions if anything is unclear and follow the recommended post-facial care routine diligently.

By avoiding these common mistakes and following a proper aftercare routine, you can maximize the benefits of your acne facial and keep your skin looking clear and healthy. Remember, consistency is key! With dedication to a good skincare regimen, you can achieve and maintain a radiant, acne-free complexion.

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